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Name: VIVA MACAU AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: VMA
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: ORIENT
City: MACAU
Country: CHINA
Employees 27
Web: flyvivamacau.com
Email: info@macaueagle.com
Telephone: +853 718 882
Fax: +853 718 803
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VMA-LOGO

Formed in 2004 and started operations in 2006. Regional and International, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.

Address:
Alm Dr Carlos D Assumpcao
Edf Jardim Brilhantismo, 9 andar
Macau (SAR) 181187, China

On December 20, 1999, Macau became a semi-autonomous territory within Mainland China. It covers an area of 18 sq km, its population is 0.4 million, and its official languages are Chinese and Portuguese.

January 2005: When VIVA Macau (VMA) was founded in 2004, its team of experienced and dedicated airline managers pledged to create an international low fare airline that truly reflects its home city, Macau - Asia's new Las Vegas.

Macau is a truly cosmopolitan city on the southern coast of China, with five centuries of romance and an exciting future that combines the best elements of Europe and Asia.

In Portuguese, VIVA means "Hurray", evoking images of fun and celebration. For the (VMA) team, that's exactly the kind of service attitude and environment it wants to give to its customers everyday.

(VMA) is Macau's second home airline, but the only one focused on providing an international network of services from Macau International Airport. (VMA) will fly to an exciting range of international destinations - opening new routes for Macau and the Pearl River Delta, and complementing Macau's development as a centre for entertainment, leisure and business tourism.

(VMA) operates a fleet of modern 767 wide-body jetliners, with up to 245 seats in a two-class configuration. These airplanes have a maximum range of up to 12 hours, allowing (VMA) to provide passengers with non-stop services from Macau to cities as far away as Moscow, Sydney or Milan. (VMA) will launch services this year with a fleet of two 767s, building up to 10 to 15 airplanes within five years.

With the 767 jetliner, (VMA) also has significant space in its belly-holds for airfreight consignments, an important strategic consideration given that Macau sits on the edge of the Pearl River Delta, the world's manufacturing workshop. That means it can rely on freight revenues to help develop new routes for Macau, something which other airlines using narrow-body airplanes just cannot do.

(VMA)'s senior team is crewed by some of the best and brightest airline managers from blue chip airlines in Asia and around the world, including Singapore Airlines (SIA), Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT), Lufthansa (DLH), and Dragonair (DRG). Collectively, the team has more than >200 years of experience in airline management and operations, airplane engineering, and in-flight and customers services. Its team is committed to giving its customers a professional and reliable, yet dynamic and people-oriented airline experience.

(VMA) Chief Executive, Andrew Pyne is the Founder and Chief Dreamer of (VMA). Until 2004, Andrew was Head of International Affairs & Alliances for Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT), one of Asia's most successful airlines. In the 1980's, Andrew served with the Hong Kong Government, where he was Chief Air Services Negotiator and spearheaded aviation policy liberalization. Prior to coming to Asia, Andrew worked with British Airways (BAB).

(VMA)'s President, Ngan In Leng is a well-known businessman and philanthropist in Macau and China. He is active as a leader of Macau's large ethnic Fujianese community, and is Chairman of the Goddess A-Ma Foundation of Macau. Mr Ngan is also Vice Chairman of the Economic Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, China's top political advisory body.

January 2006: "Macau Asia Express," a new budget carrier formed and funded by Air Macau (MCU) (51%) and ST-CNAC (49%), a joint venture between China National Aviation Company (CNAC) (36%) and Shun Tak Holdings (64%), was established last week. Initial funding is $30 million for the airline, which will adopt "a highly competitive cost model" and launch service in the fourth quarter of this year on routes to the Chinese mainland and Asia. "Our partnership will integrate the know-how of airline operations with the alignment of tourist resources such as hotels, casinos and ferry services," Air Macau (MCU) Chairman and (CNAC) Executive Director Gu Tiefei said. Appointed Ed Winter, ex-COO of easyJet (EZY), as CEO.

"Viva Air" also is looking at starting up a low-cost operation in Macau.

Viva Air, a proposed low-fare startup based in Macao, expects to announce a fleet decision within the next 10 days. The carrier is looking for up to 12 wide bodies to support an international long-haul route network with service commencing in the June/July time frame. "We are looking to Berlin, Lisbon or Milan with around three to four weekly flights," CEO, Andrew Pyne said at the third Low Cost Carrier (LCC) Symposium in Singapore. The carrier has traffic rights out of Macau on 15 routes. Pyne, a former Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT) manager, claims his cockpit crew (FC) costs will be around half of Cathay (CAT)'s. Airport costs in Macau are around 55% less than at Hong Kong International. Fares should be around 40% cheaper compared to Cathay (CAT) or Singapore Airlines (SIA).

May 2006: Former Atlas Air (TLS) CEO, Richard Shuyler, is now COO, for Macau-based start-up Viva Macau (VMA), which aims to launch low-fare services this summer.

(VMA) plans to launch a Moscow - Macau - Davao, Philippines route in August. No frequency was announced.

June 2006: Viva Macau (VMA) is planning to begin operations in September. The airline's first destinations will be Jakarta, Male and the Philippines. (VMA) is also planning a number of charter flights to Lisbon for the end of the year. A pair of Boeing 767s are being prepared and painted in Taiwan at this time and are expected to be delivered at the end of July.

July 2006: AWAS (AWW) and Viva Macau (VMA) signed a deal for the lease of a 767-284ER (N716AN) and a 767-300. (VMA) plans to launch its low-fare, long-haul services in the third quarter.

September 2006: Viva Macau (VMA) took delivery of its first airplane, a 767-284ER (N716AN), to be registered as (B-MAV), at Macau International Airport. The airline is preparing to inaugurate service to Jakarta and the Maldives followed by Australia and other destinations in Asia and the Middle East later in the year, when it is also expecting a 2nd 767.

November 2006: Viva Macau (VMA) is a start-up low cost carrier (LCC) operating regional and international, jet airplane services.

Parent organization/shareholders: Macau Eagle Aviation Services (100%).

December 2006: Viva Macau (VMA) received its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC). The airline will launch operations on December 16th with a fleet of 1 767-284ER and 1 767-300 with 3 routes planned as follows:
Macau to:
Jakarta, starting December 18, Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, using 767-300s;
Male, starting December 21, Thursdays & Sundays, using 767-300s;
Phuket, starting December 16, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays, using 767-200ERs.

June 2007: Viva Macau (VMA) said it received approval to launch services to Tokyo, Osaka, Pusan, Manila Clark, Phuket and Ho Chi Minh City. Start dates and frequencies were not announced. The airline will begin serving Sydney on August 15. It operates 767s.

September 2007: Viva Macau (VMA) started thrice-weekly service with 767-300ERs between Macau and Sydney.

March 2010: Viva Macau (VMA)'s air operator's certificate (AOC) was revoked by the Macau Civil Aviation Authority (MCAA) owing to continuing flight delays and cancellations resulting from (VMA)'s inability to handle its fuel expenses.

(VMA) recently suffered at least 10 delays or cancellations, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded at Macau International.

(MCAA) President, Chen Yingxiong criticized (VMA) for its "uncooperative attitude" as the airline refused to provide the government with information it said it needed, in order to assist stranded passengers. For that reason, the (MCAA) revoked the troubled carrier's certificate and asked Air Macau (MCU) to terminate its concession contract with Viva (VMA) under which it licensed certain routes to the smaller airline.

Chen added that the Macau government had loaned (VMA) MOP200 million/$24.6 million in 2008 and 2009 to help it maintain financial stability. Viva Macau was launched in 2006 and operated three 767s to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Jakarta, Melbourne Tullamarine, Sydney,L and Tokyo Narita.

September 2010: Viva Macau (VMA) declared bankruptcy following a meeting with over 160 of the airline's creditors, the "Macau Daily Times" reported. (VMA) already had grounded its operations earlier this year after its airplanes were reposed by lessors and its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) was revoked, and the bankruptcy filing likely marks its final death knell. The "Times" reported that the airline's debt is estimated at MOP304 million/$38 million with no assets. It is uncertain whether creditors will be able to collect.

(VMA) was launched in December 2006 but its (AOC) was revoked in March following "continuing flight delays and cancellations" attributed to its failure to handle fuel expenses. (VMA) had operated three 767s to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Jakarta, Melbourne Tullamarine, Sydney, and Tokyo Narita.

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VMA-767 FLEET
VMA-767 JAN07
VMA-767-200ER

March 2010:

1 767-284ER (B-MAV - SEE PHOTO), (AWW) LSD.

1 767-300 (B-MAW).

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VMA-CEO-MAR07

ANDREW PYNE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) & FOUNDING PARTNER, EX-(CAT)/(BAB).
Andrew is an airline industry veteran with 26 years of aviation experience. He led Cathay Pacific (CAT)'s traffic and overflight rights negotiations and management of their major commercial relationships and alliances as its General Manager for International Affairs. He also represented (CAT) in the world s most prestigious airline alliance: Oneworld. In the 1990s, Andrew served with the Hong Kong Government as its Chief Air Services Negotiator. He spearheaded aviation policy liberalization and was also instrumental in the execution of a sweeping series of telecommunications policy reforms for Hong Kong in the early-90s. Andrew worked with British Airways (BAB) in the UK and Continental Europe from 1979 to 1983. Andrew holds an MBA from Henley Business School (UK).

His message:
We're rolling for take off at Viva Macau – Asia's newest low fare airline!

From late November 2006, we intend to link a range of exciting new destinations to Macau – Asia's ‘in vogue’ and fastest growing tourism and leisure centre. Follow developments over the next few weeks through this web site and stand by for some exciting competitions which will offer you a chance to make history and write your own page in the (VMA) story!

We're offering low fares with a big, wide-bodied, difference: the comfort of our Boeing 767 fleet; with a spacious yet affordable front cabin, preassigned seating, inflight entertainment and the distinctive flavour of Macau from the moment you step aboard. Add to this mix, the vibrant (VMA) inflight culture – a spirit that both reflects and takes pride in the many strands that comprise Macau's diverse cultural identity.

We're committed to projecting the unique charms and attractions of Macau – up until now, Asia's best kept secret – to a new and truly global audience. We intend to grow with Macau as it transforms itself into Asia's Las Vegas whilst protecting and nurturing a cultural heritage that spans 500 years. And our network will combine a strong regional focus with long haul flights to the Pacific, the Middle East and Europe.

For the 60 million population of the Pearl River Delta – China's fastest growing economic region - we offer a new low fare gateway to the world. Packages that offer the chance to combine a short Macau stopover with a range of exotic holiday destinations brought within easy reach by affordable non stop direct flights. Take (VMA)'s passport to adventure and, whether you are a Star or a Super Star, live the Macau story and make your dreams come true. We did!

CAPTAIN PAUL HORSTING, FOUNDING PARTNER, EX-(CAT).
Paul retired as Head of International Operations at Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT) in 2002. At (CAT), he was responsible for the development of new and cost-effective routes for (CAT)'s global network. He was also responsible for managing and reducing (CAT)'s USA$100 million-plus annual budget for overflight charges. Representing the company in a variety of (IATA) and (ICAO) bodies, Paul was Chairman of (IATA)'s Middle East and (ASPAC) Regional Coordinating Groups from the late-90s until he left (CAT). He pioneered the opening up of North Polar routes to commercial aviation and has spearheaded diplomacy with the Central Asian states and North Korea, to secure new, shorter routings for international air traffic. Paul has 45 years of experience as a commercial pilot (FC), covering a full range of airplanes from the DC-6 to the 747-400.

NGAN IN LENG, PRESIDENT.
Mr Ngan is a leading Macau businessman, whose interests range from hotel and entertainment investments and property development throughout Asia, to communications and hi-tech manufacturing in China. Mr Ngan is Chairman of the Macau Mazu Foundation, a charitable institution dedicated to furthering the understanding and worship of Mazu (or A-ma, the Chinese sea goddess). The A-Ma Temple in Macau, which was built more than 500 years ago, is one of Macau's most famous cultural and historic landmarks. He is also a Vice Chairman of the Economic Committee of the People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body.

His message:
Welcome to Viva Macau (VMA)!

(VMA) is the pioneer for a new type of airline for Macau.

We are making a firm commitment to building a strong network of international air services to and from Macau. This is at the very centre of our business philosophy for supporting Macau as your city of choice for conventions, leisure and entertainment.

Macau is also becoming an increasingly important gateway to Southern China, and we will support Macau International Airport's development as one of the Asia's fastest growing air transport hubs.

Bringing together the highest standards of professionalism, service, quality and business innovation, we will create Asia's most dynamic and best value-for-money airline. (And let's not forget, the airline that's fun to fly!)

I would like to express our thanks to everyone who has helped us move this project forward, especially the Macau Civil Aviation Department, the Macau Government Tourist Office, the Macau International Airport Company, and the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China.

We are ready for take off! And I hope to welcome you onboard very soon.

RICHARD SHUYLER, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO), EX-(TLS).

CON KORFIATIS, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO), EX-(QAN)/(JSA)/(SIA).
Con is an airline executive with over 15 years experience. He was Head of Strategy at Qantas (QAN) prior to joining Viva Macau (VMA) and was the founding Chief Executive CEO of Jetstar Asia (JSA). He has held a number of senior executive roles in some of the region's well-known airlines, including Marketing & Loyalty Program management at Singapore Airlines (SIA); Commercial Director & CFO of Ansett International (ANS); and General Manager, Indonesia & Corporate Finance General Manager for Ansett Australia Group (ANS). As Commercial Director & CFO of Ansett (ANS), Con's team established international operations for the airlines in several Asian countries. Con holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University in Melbourne, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Y C LEE, DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING, EX-(CAT)/(SIA).
Prior to Viva Macau (VMA), YC was founding Chief Technical Officer at Thai SkyWays Airways (THS), a Thai-based start-up freight airline, where he was responsible for creating its Engineering, Maintenance & Operations Department. From 1976 to 1998, YC worked at Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT). His final position was Regional Engineering Manager, Southeast Asia & India. From 1972 to 1975, YC worked for Singapore Airlines (SIA) in its Maintenance & Engineering department. He began his career at Qantas (QAN) in 1965. YC studied Aircraft Engineering at Sydney Technical University.

GORDON SLATER, DIRECTOR OF FLIGHT OPERATIONS, EX-(PHK)/(OTH)/(AAL)/(TWA).
With more than >12 years flying and management experience at some of the world's best airlines, Gordon leads Viva Macau (VMA)'s Flight Operations. He was previously the Chief Pilot of Thailand's holiday airline PBAir (PBJ), where he managed its fleet of 767 and Embraer airplanes. In addition to his thousands of flying hours, Gordon has extensive experience as instructor for simulator and ground school, as flight engineer and as check pilot on the 727 with airlines such as Orient Thai Airways (OTH) and American Airlines (AAL)/(TWA), among others. Gordon holds a degree in Aircraft Maintenance Management from St Louis University and credit hours in International Relations from Webster University, St Louis.

ARTHUR LAI, DIRECTOR OF COMMERCIAL, EX-(DRG)/(CAT).
Arthur was head of the award-winning marketing & brand management department at Hong Kong Dragon Airlines (Dragonair) (DRG) prior to joining Viva Macau (VMA). His responsibilities included product, frequent flyer loyalty marketing, marketing communications, brand management, tactical promotions, marketing research and e-business. Arthur has also worked in customer service, airline corporate planning, and passenger and cargo sales departments at Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT). Arthur holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from the University of Hong Kong and an MBA from the University of Michigan (US).

TOM WONG, DIRECTOR OF CARGO, EX-(CAT).
Prior to joining Viva Macau (VMA), Tom was responsible for cargo sales at Cathay Pacific (CAT) for the Hong Kong and China market. He was also Country Manager, India, Nepal and Bangladesh from 1998 to 2001 with the same airline. Before his South Asia posting, Tom was seconded by (CAT) to Global Logistics Asia (an associated company) as Director & General Manager. He first joined (CAT) as Engineering Supplies Superintendent in 1991, following a three-year commission in the US Air Force where he attained the rank of First Lieutenant, Development Planning Analyst & Project Manager, and was seconded to McDonnell Douglas as a Flight Test Engineer. Tom holds a Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering from California State Polytechnic University and a Master's degree in Electro-Optics from University of Dayton, Ohio.

TINA DI CICCO, GLOBAL HEAD OF MARKETING, EX-(DLH).
Tina has more than 16 years of experience leading marketing and partnerships in the tourism and Information Technology (IT) industries. She has a decade of experience with Lufthansa (DLH), principally directing communications and marketing in Southeast Asia and managing airport passenger services. Tina co-founded and was Executive Vice President of I-Quest Corporation, a pioneer provider of broadband service to the hotel industry worldwide. She led the development of Asia and Europe's first web-based exchange for the US$250 billion Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) industry. She also led marketing, on-line travel booking and alliances for the award-winning business travel portal worldroom.com. Prior to joining Viva Macau (VMA), Tina co-founded VinciWorks, a global provider of web-based e-learning solutions to the legal, financial and tourism industries.

MICHAEL NEWCOMBE, CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT, EX-(QAN)/(JSA).
Michael has worked globally in both management consulting and aviation for over six years. He started his career with Deloitte Consulting serving global clients focusing on Corporate Strategy, before concentrating on a career in aviation working with Qantas (QAN), Jetstar Asia (JSA) and the Virgin Group (VAA)/(VOZ). During his time with Qantas (QAN) and Jetstar Asia (JSA) as Manager of Network & Corporate Strategy, he was responsible for the development, roll-out and management of (JSA)’s start-up network. Michael has developed extensive industry knowledge and expertise in aviation economics and finance, schedule development and management, and has worked in both full service and low cost carriers. He has worked extensively throughout Australia, Asia, and the Middle East. He holds a B Arts & B Business (1st Hons) from the University of Queensland.

MARIETTA LI, GENERAL MANAGER, PEOPLE.
Marietta is a Human Resources (HR) generalist with over 10 years’ managerial experience in multinational companies with regional exposure. She has proven track record in China plant management localization, opening new offices and setting up Human Resources Department from scratch, both in non-government organization and business sector. Prior to joining Viva Macau (VMA), she was working at a Dutch airline responsible for the full spectrum (HR) functions of the Asia Pacific Region. Marietta obtained bachelor degree in Public Policy & Management from the University of Ulster, UK and a master’s degree in Strategic Human Resources Management from the Hong Kong Baptist University.

 
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